Doctor of Nursing Practice

Hybrid (post-BSN options)

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Online (post-MSN options)

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Program Description

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares nurses at the highest level of practice for the current health care environment based on a strong scientific foundation for practice; flexibility and emphasis on evidence-based practice, leadership, and organizational analysis; and analysis of the DNP Project.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum requires a minimum of 43-45 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, including:

  • 31-33 credit hours of core courses
  • 3 credit hours of electives 
  • 9 credit hours of a DNP Project

The total clinical hours (including those hours accrued in MSN degree) will be 1,000. The total clinical hours noted in this curriculum are based on an MSN total of 500 hours. Actual hours may vary depending on a review of MSN program hours accrued on entry into the program. The core courses have been carefully constructed to incorporate the AACN competencies for DNP graduates. Policies and guidelines for this program are located in the Nursing DNP Handbook.

Students will take course work corresponding to the eight essential competencies delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The competencies address the following:

  1. Scientific underpinning for practice
  2. Organizational and systems leadership for quality improvement and systems thinking
  3. Clinical scholarship and analytical methods for evidence-based practice
  4. Information systems/technology and patient care technology for the improvement and transformation of health care
  5. Health care policy for advocacy in health care
  6. Inter-professional collaboration for improving patient and population health outcomes
  7. Clinical prevention and population health for improving the nation’s health
  8. Advanced nursing practice

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